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Team Pata Honda Riders Rea & Haslam Score Double Top-10s at Jerez Round 10 of eni Superbike World Championship


Pata Honda delivers strong Superbike results in Spain
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Jerez - Spain    07.09.2014
Pata Honda delivers strong Superbike results in Spain
Pata Honda rider Jonathan Rea took his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP to fourth and fifth place finishes in today’s two 10th-round World Superbike championship races at Jerez in Spain, retaining his third place in the series with just two rounds to go.
The two races were won by Italian Marco Melandri, with French rider Sylvain Guintoli taking two second places and series leader Tom Sykes scoring a third in race two but seeing his championship lead reduced.
Rea’s Pata Honda team-mate Leon Haslam finished seventh and eighth in the two 20-lap outings which were run in cooler, more overcast conditions than the earlier practice and qualifying sessions at the 4.423km Jerez circuit.
Following the cancellation of the Moscow round, the World Superbike championship will reconvene in one month’s time for round 11 at the French circuit of Magny-Cours.
Jonathan Rea
Jonathan Rea - P4 and P5
I’m really happy with today because it was hard to have high expectations last night, knowing we had to make a big change. But when we reverted to the previous spec engine and made some changes to the front of the bike I was able to ride the way I like without having to change my style too much. Starting from tenth on the grid really didn’t help me to use the tyre to its full potential and gain lap times at the beginning; but in the end my pace was really, really strong in both races. We can take a lot of positives but, to be honest, we were chasing our tails a little earlier in the weekend.
Leon Haslam
Leon Haslam - P7 and P8
In race one I had a terrible start and struggled a bit. When we got to half race distance I think I went the wrong way with the buttons and made hard work for myself in the second half of the race. We made better steps in race two but I just couldn’t get past Loris [Baz]. I made a few mistakes but always caught him back within a lap. It was good to have a battle but it would have been nice to get by him and maybe get up to Eugene [Laverty]. But I was happy enough – we made good steps between the two races electronically. We knew this round would be tough but we’ve come away with two top eights and, even though I would prefer to fight with the next group, I enjoyed a battle so, all-in-all not too bad.
Pieter Breddels
Pieter Breddels - technical co-ordinator
Jonathan had quite a positive warm-up and the changes we made worked out well. He had a good start from tenth and then really got into the races. Fourth was a good result in race one and he was just a little short from another fourth in race two. With fourth and fifth, however, he is still third in the championship, so that’s good. Leon had a lonely seventh in race one but we matched the electronics better with tyre life for race two and he was able to battle until the end. The second race was actually better, despite finishing eighth, and I think he’ll be fighting in the top five by the end of the season.
Sunny Intervals
  Race 1 Results - Jerez, Spain - 4.423km, 20 laps
1  Marco Melandri34m20.164sITAAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team
2  Sylvain Guintoli+1.397sFRAAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team
3  Chaz Davies+4.283sGBRDUCATIDucati Superbike Team
4  Jonathan Rea+5.705sGBRHONDAPata Honda
5  Tom Sykes+6.979sGBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
6  Eugene Laverty+7.342sIRLSUZUKIVoltcom Crescent Suzuki
7  Leon Haslam+14.868sGBRHONDAPata Honda
8  Toni Elias+23.853sESPAPRILIARed Devils Roma
9  David Salom+25.886sESPKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
10  Sylvain Barrier+26.536sFRABMWBMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team
Sunny Intervals
  Race 2 Results - Jerez, Spain - 4.423km, 20 laps
1  Marco Melandri34m25.940sITAAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team
2  Sylvain Guintoli+2.845sFRAAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team
3  Tom Sykes+6.097sGBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
4  Chaz Davies+7.749sGBRDUCATIDucati Superbike Team
5  Jonathan Rea+7.935sGBRHONDAPata Honda
6  Eugene Laverty+10.510sIRLSUZUKIVoltcom Crescent Suzuki
7  Loris Baz+16.078sFRAKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
8  Leon Haslam+16.098sGBRHONDAPata Honda
9  Alex Lowes+16.554sGBRSUZUKIVoltcom Crescent Suzuki
10  Toni Elias+25.840sESPAPRILIARed Devils Roma
  Championship Standings
1  Tom Sykes352 ptsGBRKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
2  Sylvain Guintoli321 ptsFRAAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team
3  Jonathan Rea285 ptsGBRHONDAPata Honda
4  Marco Melandri267 ptsITAAPRILIAAprilia Racing Team
5  Loris Baz262 ptsFRAKAWASAKIKawasaki Racing Team
6  Chaz Davies188 ptsGBRDUCATIDucati Superbike Team
7  Eugene Laverty154 ptsIRLSUZUKIVoltcom Crescent Suzuki
8  Davide Guigliano153 ptsITADUCATIDucati Superbike Team
9  Toni Elias151 ptsESPAPRILIARed Devils Roma
10  Leon Haslam150 ptsGBRHONDAPata Honda
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